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Pike Road Wines is in the press! Below you'll find all press and reviews for our wines in the media.

 

Anna Campbell
 
July 9, 2018 | Anna Campbell

Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs score big in Wine Enthusiast

Check out these fantastic scores awarded to our Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs. We are so proud of our winemakers for their consistent hard work: all four of these wines received the benchmark 90 points or higher. These reviews will post in October, 2018.

92 POINTS & Cellar Selection 2016 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir

"This new label from Elk Cove's Adam Campbell introduced a Shea Vineyard designate in 2015, and follows it up with this cellar-ready 2016. A dried mushroom note highlights elegant raspberry fruit with a sense of precision throughout. There's a whiff of steel and the impression of compact tension suggests that this wine will age for at least a decade. Drink now–2030." - Paul Gregutt

91 POINTS 2016 Xander Taryn Vineyard Pinot Noir

"An herbal thread runs through this young wine, part of a series of single-vineyard selections from this new label owned by Elk Cove's Adam Campbell. The ripe cherry fruit stands firm and is complemented with the dried herbs, as well as a dusting of coffee grounds and powdered chocolate." - Paul Gregutt

91 POINTS 2016 Zenith Vineyard Pinot Noir

"There's a rock-solid feel to the midpalate of bold blackberry and black-cherry fruit. It's annotated with scents and flavors of cut tobacco, and the crisp acids add an impression of wet stone and lemon meringue. Nicely nuanced, yet strong winemaking is on display here." - Paul Gregutt

90 POINTS 2016 Fairsing Vineyard Pinot Noir

"A new label from Elk Cove's Adam Campbell, Pike Road features a number of single-vineyard designates from some of the most desirable sites in the Willamette Valley. The Fairsing brings raspberry jam, milk chocolate and a smooth mocha finish. Tannins add slightly dusty highlights to the overall creamy mouthfeel." - Paul Gregutt

Way to go Heather & Adam! We knew these wines were good, but it's great to see that an outside judge agrees with us on the consistent quality of our Single Vineyard Pinot Noir wines.

Time Posted: Jul 9, 2018 at 5:21 PM
Anna Campbell
 
May 11, 2018 | Anna Campbell

Top Scores for Pike Road Pinot Noirs!

Check out these fantastic scores awarded to Pike Road wines by Wine & Spirits. Not only did we get a Best Buy for both our flagship 2015 Black Label Pinot Noir and our 2016 Pinot Gris, but our Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs showed extremely well with a whopping 93 points for our Fairsing Vineyard Pinot Noir.

93 POINTS Pike Road 2016 Yamhill-Carlton Fairsing Vineyard Pinot Noir $50.00   

"A wine with many lives, this pinot starts out broad and suave as milk chocolate; with air, the shy plum and black cherry fruit comes forward, and by day two, savory flavors join in the delicate weave. The fine tannins keep the wine restrained and elegant, and suggest this has much more to say with time. Let it evolve in the cellar."

92 POINTS Pike Road 2016 Eola-Amity Hills Zenith Vineyard Pinot Noir $50.00

"This has a spice and a smokiness that feels sharp at first pour; but with air, the wine's black cherry and raspberry fruit emerges, and the savory notes become a wheaty, spicy accent. It's on point for duck confit."    

91 POINTS Pike Road 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $20.00  (Best Buy)

"An inviting pinot from multiple valley sources, this is as fruity as a bowl of strawberries, with a succulence and generosity that's impressive at the price."

91 POINTS Pike Road 2016 Yamhill-Carlton  Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir $50.00 

"As dark as is typical for Shea pinot, this is smoky and deep in its notes of plum, lavender, oak and mulling spice. Through this dark lens, a red beam of fruit provides layers and lift. Give it time for the fruit to meld with the structure, then serve with Cantonese smoked chicken." 

89 POINTS Pike Road 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris $16.00  (Best Buy)

"Scents of lemon and white appletake on a green and mildly phenolic tone with air, bringing to mind wild fennel and sorrel. The flavors are bright and light, dry enough for roast Oysters."

These reviews posted in the August 2018 edition of Wine & Spirits Magazine and at wineandspiritsmagazine.com.

Time Posted: May 11, 2018 at 10:05 AM
Anna Campbell
 
February 2, 2018 | Anna Campbell

89 Points for our 2015 Chardonnay

Our 2015 Chardonnay was awarded 89 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine:

"This wine's strong mint scent catches your attention immediately, and that quality carries onto the palate.  Quince, pineapple and lemon flavors keep it interesting and on the light side of ripe. There's a touch of spice on the finish." - Paul Gregutt

This review posted in the February, 2018 issue of the magazine.

Time Posted: Feb 2, 2018 at 1:26 PM
Anna Campbell
 
February 2, 2018 | Anna Campbell

90 Points In Wine Enthusiast For Our 2016 Pinot Gris

We've been honored with a 90 point score for our 2016 Pinot Gris from Wine Enthusiast:

"From Elk Cove's sister label, this incorporates a fair amount of estate fruit and it's very well-made for its everyday price. Delicately fruity and vibrant, it's packed with apple, pear, nectarine and snappy grapefruit flavors. Drink over the next year or two, while it's at its freshest." - Paul Gregutt

This review posted in the February, 2018 edition of the magazine.

Time Posted: Feb 2, 2018 at 1:17 PM
Anna Campbell
 
January 16, 2018 | Anna Campbell

OUR PINOT GRIS WINS GOLD!

Our 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris has been honored with a Gold Medal at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!

The largest competition of American wines in the world names best American wines of 2018 After receiving 6,960 entries from 35 states across the country, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few.

A complete listing of the 2018 results, sortable by price point and category, can be found at winejudging.com. In the second week of January, 67 skilled judges from a variety of fields including trade, education, media, retail and hospitality traveled to the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County to determine the best wines in the USA. Utilizing an extensive process that divides the varietals into several categories and subcategories, the event gave the panels the chance to rate entries as Bronze, Silver, Gold or “Double Gold” (equivalent to a unanimous rating by all panel members).

Anna Campbell
 
January 16, 2018 | Anna Campbell

DOUBLE GOLD FOR OUR PINOT NOIR!

Our 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir has been honored with a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!

The largest competition of American wines in the world names best American wines of 2018 After receiving 6,960 entries from 35 states across the country, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few.

A complete listing of the 2018 results, sortable by price point and category, can be found at winejudging.com. In the second week of January, 67 skilled judges from a variety of fields including trade, education, media, retail and hospitality traveled to the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County to determine the best wines in the USA. Utilizing an extensive process that divides the varietals into several categories and subcategories, the event gave the panels the chance to rate entries as Bronze, Silver, Gold or “Double Gold” (equivalent to a unanimous rating by all panel members).

Anna Campbell
 
November 9, 2017 | Anna Campbell

Gold Medals for our wines at the NW Food & Wine Festival

Pike Road attended the 2017 NW Food and Wine Festival, held at the Oregon Convention Center. We were excited to be a part of this great event for the second year in a row.

"In its 12th year, the legendary Northwest Food and Wine Festival returns as the definitive wine festival in Portland with a targeted half-day wine and food celebration. The festival brings the highest quality regional wines, spirits, beers, foods and prominent chefs and restaurants. It’s designed to present a rich and rewarding experience for wine lovers, gourmet food enthusiasts and industry experts. For all involved, it offers a great opportunity for direct conversation."

Once again, Pike Road has made us proud:

GOLD - 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir

GOLD - 2016 Pinot Gris

GOLD - 2015 Pinot Noir Winemaker's Reserve Chehalem Mountains

SILVER - 2015 Pinot Noir Black Label

We hope to see you at the festival or at our tasting room in Carlton where you can try these medal winning wines. Cheers!

Anna Campbell
 
October 16, 2017 | Anna Campbell

BEST IN SHOW

#1 OUT OF 644 WINES TASTED BLIND!!!

The Great Northwest Wine Competition brings together influential wine professionals from around the Northwest to taste over 600 wines blind at the beautiful Columbia Gorge Hotel. It is an honor just to be invited to submit our wines.

Our 2016 Pike Road Pinot Gris won BEST IN SHOW at this prestigious competition, making it the top rated wine overall. We couldn’t be more proud of our winemakers.

Check out the Great Northwest Wines Invitational results here!

Anna Campbell
 
September 18, 2017 | Anna Campbell

Top Wine Trends of 2017

One of the top wine trends of 2017? What Sunset Magazine calls "Budget-Friendly Wines, Gold-Medal Quality"

Sunset reviewed our 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir in their October 2017 issue: "Come-hither floral aromas lead to a palate of slightly smoky, spicy red-cherry and raspberry fruit. Medium-bodied, with taut tannins and zippy acidity."

"It’s not hard to find a tasty $80 bottle of wine. But tasting blind to price, our judges found plenty to love for less than $25."

We're so pleased to see our 2014 Pinot Noir on this prestigious list. The wine team at the Sunset International Wine Competition tasted over 3,000 wines to come up with their gold medal winners. Learn more at sunset.com

Anna Campbell
 
August 23, 2017 | Anna Campbell

Pike Road Rosé: Outstanding and Best Buy from Wine Press Northwest

Rosé: pink, cheerful and perfect for any occasion...it seems like everyone is on board with this newly minted classic summer sipper . The popularity of rosé certainly has been on the rise over the past few years, inspiring hashtags (#yeswayrosé) and new cocktails to boot (frosé anyone?). As the demand for this refreshing and affordable wine has grown, wineries have delivered, offering up such an abundance of great options, it's hard to know where to begin.

In comes Wine Press Northwest's tasting panel to help provide some much needed guidance for all of us rosé fans out there. In April, they "staged what is believed to be the largest-ever judging of rosé made in Washington, Oregon and Idaho." Of 122 entries, just 30 of those received the top rating of "Outstanding!". We are thrilled that our 2016 Pike Road Rosé was a part of that elite bunch and was also given the distinction of "Best Buy" for our $12 price tag. Cheers to that!

"This second label for Elk Cove Vineyard ranks among the most exciting new projects in the Willamette Valley, and the Campbell family is taking this brand seriously by giving it its own tasting room in downtown Carlton. This rosé comes from free-run juice collected from hand-picked Pinot Noir grapes as they move through the processing line. Color comes from small lots of Pinot Noir, and the nose is of rose petal, strawberry and cedar. Its flavor profile is remarkably juicy with strawberry and cherry, making for stellar finish."

The 2016 Pike Road Rosé is still available for PURCHASE, but you'll want to hurry up and get it before it's gone, as the last cases will sell out fast. 

And, check out Wine Press Northwest's full article HERE to discover all the great rosé that was a part of the big tasting in April.